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6-Tips For Cleaning Your Choreography

This time of year cleaning your choreography becomes a very important aspect of your classes. Major time will be spent on the cleaning process. With competition season upon us and recitals and student showcases just around the corner, cleaning will …

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SHOULD YOUR DANCE STUDIO COMPETE OR NOT?

To compete or not to compete. This is a consideration for any studio owner in terms of the “type” of studio they are going to market themselves as. Are you more focused on solely training, education and other performing opportunities? …

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Why Consistent Technique Warm-Up is So Important

Dancers today are faced with a whole generation of fellow versatile, talented technicians. These peers will be their competition, their colleagues and future artists they’ll collaborate with and cross paths with as their dance career flourishes.,,,,

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WAYS TO REINVENT YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY

One of the most wonderful things about our job is the ability to create and be inventive with movement. When we see our dancers bring our vision to life, it is like art being played out right in front of …

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INTRODUCING YOUR DANCERS TO SITE SPECIFIC IMPROVISATION

With spring in full bloom, there is no better time to change things up a bit and introduce the magic of site-specific dance to your students. The genre, made popular by modern based choreographic pioneers including Trisha Brown, Anna Halprin, …

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EMPHASIZING THE BASICS

As teachers, our goal is to move our students forward. To help them progress so that they can continually build upon the knowledge we give them. We do that specifically in their technique classes where we aim to start with …

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HOW TO USE REHEARSAL TIME MOST EFFECTIVELY

When we set numbers we need to give further thought as to how clean they are. How the musicality is sitting with dancers. How crisp the unison and transitions are, etc. While coming up with clever concepts and original choreography …

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DO STUDENTS REALLY NEED MORE THAN ONE COMPETITION SOLO?

The debate over competing multiple solos often comes up every year. With students and parents alike, sometimes the notion is to showcase their talents in every genre and take center stage as much as possible. While it's commendable for a …

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CREATING A DANCE EXPERIENCE FOR ALL STUDENTS

We all have our favorite type of dancer we love to teach. The ones that really inspire us. For some of us it's the older, advanced levels, for some it's the little ones and for some it's the recreational. So …

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HELPING YOUR DANCERS UNDERSTAND THEIR 5 W'S.

Helping your dancers set their individual goals and revisiting these goals frequently helps students and yourself understand where they are at- physically, mentally and emotionally. It helps to move the goal post, if necessary, in order to continually work towards …

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EXAMINING THE STUDIO COMPANY RE-AUDITION PROCESS

Studio Directors, what is your view on re-auditioning your company members every year? It’s definitely, food for thought.

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EXERCISES TO TARGET LOWER ABDOMINALS

We’re back at it for another round of building core strength! We all recognize that core strength is essential to any strong, technically sound dancer and the lower abdominals can be a particularly weak spot for any age and any …

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Dance Studio Owners: Super Charge the Final Months of Your …

Watch industry leaders Angela D’Valda Sirico, Misty Lown, Julie Kay Stallcup and Steve Sirico who will present the seminar... Super Charge the Final Months of Your Season!

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THINGS COMPETITION JUDGES WILL ALWAYS APPREICATE

Another competition season is here, studio owners. While your faculty is hard at work choreographing and cleaning those amazing pieces for your dancers, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty and get real about what competition judges will always …

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What Does Expecting Excellence From Your Dancers Really Mea…

I am a dance teacher who expects excellence. But, expecting excellence from your dancers doesn’t mean what you think it may mean. There is a clear distinction. One that should be clear and transparent so your students understand the difference...........

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STRENGTHENING EXERCISE FOR ARABESQUE & GRAND BATTEMENT

Many times a dancer’s flexibility develops more quickly that their strength; particularly in terms of leg extensions. While this delayed lack of control can increase injury, implementing exercises that balance the two components can increase the range of motion as …

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